Life on the road isn’t easy – it means long hours, time away from home and livin’ life in the confines of your cab. But, it can all be made a little easier with some simple essentials. Here are the top ten must have’s of any highway hero:
Trucker’s Top 10 Essentials for Life on the Road
A great pair of polarizing sunglasses can be worth their weight in gold. Not only do they prevent the squints, they help you avoid eye strain, fatigue, and headaches. You’ll go through more than a pair or two per year, so be sure to stock up so you’re never without.
2. First Aid Kit
A quality first aid kit can make all the difference in the world in the case of minor mishaps. Be sure your kit is stocked with non-expired first aid products, fresh bandages, hand sanitizer and gauze so you’ve got everything you need in the event you’re injured on the road.
3. Wet Wipes
Whether you use them to clean your cab or clean yourself, wet wipes are a versatile, super useful tool that every trucker needs to keep in stock.
4. Cleaning Supplies
Cleanliness is next to godliness, and on the road it can mean the difference between comfort and chaos. Having the right supplies to keep your rig sanitary and safe is the key to enjoying your small space. A handheld vacuum, paper towels, all purpose cleaner, disinfecting wipes and dashboard cleaner are all useful tools in keeping clutter, dust and debris away.
5. Work Gloves
Specifically, leather cowboy gloves, are breathable, comfortable protection for your hands, and protect your skin from wear and tear. Keep a few pairs in your cab so you’re always prepared for random repairs or for loading/unloading.
You never know when inclement weather, accidents or other issues may arise, so having the right gear to handle a variety of sticky situations is vital. Emergency weather gear like a rain coat, light reflective clothing, and sturdy weatherproof boots are often-overlooked items that can mean all the difference in your safety.
You never know when or where you’ll be when the need for a repair will strike – so having a well stocked toolbox is not only smart, it’s necessary. Be sure to include multipurpose items like zip ties, a pocket knife and batteries in addition to staples like screwdrivers, wrenches, pliers and a hammer for a toolkit that will keep you covered in any repair situation.
8. Heated Blanket
Weather can quickly throw a wrench in your travel plans, so being prepared for impromptu overnight stays in colder parts of the country is a must. A heated blanket is a great way to make sure you stay cozy, even if you’re parked overnight in the coldest, most extreme temperatures.
9. Mini Refrigerator
Keep fresh foods close for healthier eating rolling the open roads. Everything from fresh fruit and vegetables to cold bottles of water are nutritionally essential, and much better options than your usual gas station and fast food fare.
10. Slow Cooker
Let’s face it, home cooked meals always taste better than anything you can find at a convenience store. Slow cookers are a great way to ensure you’ve got homemade meals ready to go at a moment’s notice. Just pop a roast in the slow cooker in the morning, and by lunchtime you’ve got yourself a great meal.